Voters feel strongly that wealthy donors and special interests and the media are too strong a presence in politics, but they remain closely divided over which is the worst problem.
Seventy-six percent (76%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe the wealthiest individuals and companies have too much influence over elections, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just four percent (4%) say wealthy individuals and companies have too little political influence, while 16% say their level of influence is about right. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Even more voters (80%) agree that wealthy special interest groups have too much power and influence over elections. Only three percent (3%) say they have too little influence, while 14% say the amount of influence wealthy special interests have is about right.
Two-out-of-three voters (66%) also think the news media have too much power and influence over elections. Only four percent (4%) say the media do not have enough political influence. Twenty-six percent (26%) believe the amount of influence the news media have in elections is about right.
Voters have shown similar levels of concern over the influence money and the media have over government decisions.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Maybe If People Weren't So Easily Swayed, This Wouldn't Be A Problem